(8 days 7 nights)
Difficulty – medium+ (group should be experienced MTB riders)
Please Note !
This tour is created only for EXPERIENCED mountain bikers, You do not need to be a very professional but having experience of riding on different terrain and some skills is MUST !
In Armenia we don’t have YET mountain biking trails (single tracks), so all tour we will be on car’s off road (mountain road, gravel road), and because of that some parts of the off road can be technical or very easy.
Zvartnots International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrival in Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to Yerevan city for overnight. Bikes assembly and adjustment.
Breakfast. We will leave early in the morning and will go to Monastery Geghard founded in the IV century.
In early period this cave construction was called Ayrivank (Cave monastery), and since XIII century — Gegard, in honor of the Sacred spear which is stored in the monastery. It was one of the largest cultural centers of medieval Armenia. The most ancient monument is the semi-rocky chapel of the XII century, after the excursion around the monastery we will be lifted by trucks with bicycles to the climb of the top. From there we will start (1930m above sea level) our way through cycling on mountains and over Geghard Monastery. The road goes on a plateau (2400m above sea level), after we will start going down to the Khosrov forest state reserve. First part of descending is technical and rocky. We will reach to ancient monastery Aghjots XIII c. After survey of the monastery we continue to go down to the river, small climb (100m in length) to the village Glan (1700m above sea level) where we will have meeting with local people and will have a lunch with them. We will continue our way without reaching to an exit from the reserve, we climb with a bias of 4-6% 1,5 km. Leaving the reserve, we will start going down to the Azat gorge, to a significant natural monument ”The symphony of stones” and we will climb to the city Garni where we will visit pagan temple Garni II-I B.C. After excursion and survey get in our car and we will come back to Yerevan. Overnight in Hotel. (B,L)
Length – ~34km
Elevation – uphill 700m – downhill 1200m
Breakfast and transfer to the village Tsovagyugh, which is located next to the Sevan lake. Sevan lake is one of the largest fresh water high altitude lakes in the world, 2000m above the sea level.
We begin our cycling from 2100 meters above the sea level and is more excellent acclimatization for us.
We will be transferred to the village from where we start climbing up 13 km until 2700m above the sea level, a bias not too steep, all the way is going with small uphills and downhills only last 1,5 km (with ~200m elevation) we have technical climb to reach 2700m. On the way the top we will enjoy the stunning view of mountains, villages, Dilijan’s forests and Sevan Lake. After having a snack and photos of amazing Lake Sevan we will continue to the village Drakhtik. Trail is continuing with long descends and short climbs, be prepared! On the way we will be accompanied by majestic views. Last 21km we will descent to village Drakhtik. From village we will be transferred to hotel which is on the beach of Sevan lake, so if You want You can swim there.
Dinner and overnight in Tsapatagh or Vardenis. (B,L)
Length 31 km.
Elevation – uphill 1530m – downhill 1560m
Breakfast. And again morning starts with transfer to the starting point. Today we will see high altitude lakes fantastic views and on the and we will get to the sanatorium centre city Jermuk 2000m high from sea level. Today we will ride until 3000m high above sea level, visit 2 amazing lakes Al on 2700m after we will decent until Jermuk city. Evening walk around city Jermuk.
Overnight in hotel (B,L)
Length – 38 km.
Elevation – uphill 1000m – downhill 600m
Breakfast. Right from hotel we will get on the bikes and ride to our next point. We will go out from city and turn to the left on off-road. We will climb up almost 9 km, some parts will be really steep but it is good training, after uphill we will have a snacks and then the road will continue go down and up until to the asphalt. From where we will be transferred to Goris city.
Overnight in Hotel (B,L)
Length on asphalt 4km.
Lengt on off road 23 km.
Elevation – uphill 300m – downhill 400m
Breakfast. Bus will transfer us out of Goris city to our riding point. We will ride in woods, above gorges and on the end our destination will be the most famous and huge monasteries in Armenia, Tatev monastery. Where also has the Guinness World recorder as longest ropeway on the world. The trail has few 1.5 km easy climbs, and we have only one 4km climb which is a bit technical, but as the offroad will go through woods and you won’t feel that. On our way we will visit on unique church X century Bgheno Noravank, which has a unique architecture. And we will see the Voritan gorge from above, which is really impressive. On the end of our way we will descent on old asphalt road and on the end we will admire the beautiful view of Tatev monastery, and have an excursion after our Car or Ropeway will take us to the another side of the gorge and by car we will continue to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan (B,L)
Motivation 5km / downhill 600m
16 km Downhill 400-500 m
Elevation uphill – 1010m – downhill 920m
Breakfast. Early morning Again the car will transfer us to the lake Kari which is situated on 3200m, under the Aragats mountain. Here we will start climb up untill 3600m above sea level and after we will go down to the lake Kari and continue our way until Amberd fortress V-VII cc.. Climbing part is not too long, but it is rocky, steep and technical, we will climb up slowly and whenever we want we can start go down to the fortress Amberd. At Amberd fortress we will have an excursion after the car will take us to Echmiadzin cathedral monastery 301-303 and after excursion we will return to Yerevan city.
Overnight in Hotel(B,L)
Elevation uphill 150m – downhill 1020m
Breakfast. Transfer to the Zvartnots International Airport. Departure